This paper robin craft is a fun and easy bird craft for toddlers and preschoolers. Set your mama and baby robins on a flat surface and give them a tap to watch them rock back and forth.
A Mama robin has nested on our deck, and her babies hatched yesterday!
Two of them hatched in the morning, and I was blessed with perfect timing last evening when I went out to check on them!
I climbed up on the bench, held the camera high over my head, aiming it into the nest and snapped a picture. I never know what I’m going to get because the nest is so high. I can’t see into it. I just hold the camera up and shoot.
I was over the moon when I hopped down and looked at the picture and discovered that I’d captured this shot: Baby #3 emerging from its egg!
Edited to note: I ended up photographing our baby robins every day, from the day they hatched to the day they left the nest, and I’ve put together an album on my Facebook page. You can see it here.
Easy Robin Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers
This afternoon, my daycare toddlers and preschoolers had a few extra minutes before going home, so we made this easy paper rockin’ robin craft – a mama robin and her babies – in honour of our own robin family.
We didn’t make a nest for our robin craft, but if you’d like to, you we have an easy paper bag nest here.
Rockin’ Robin Craft Supplies:
- light brown card stock (or construction paper or even a cereal box)
- yellow/orange pair for beak
- dark brown paper for tail feathers
- orange tissue paper
- googly eyes
- something round to trace
Before making your robin craft, take the opportunity to talk with your child about what a robin looks like. Show them the photos of our baby robins on Facebook, or look at pictures in a book or online.
You can discuss the colouring of the American robin (brown with an orange breast) and your child can make his or her own observations about the bird. You can even listen to the different sounds a robin makes on this website.
Robin Books to Extend this Activity:
How to Make a Rocking Paper Robin
Cut a circle out of brown cardstock, construction paper or a cereal box.
Fold your circle in half and press along the crease. Note: if you don’t have cardboard, you can use a paper plate and paint it brown. That’s what we used for these rocking birds, and it worked well.
- Add orange “feathers”
Next, have your child glue crumpled pieces of orange tissue paper on the robin’s tummy.
- Add tail feathers
For the tail feathers, fold some thin strips of brown construction paper and glue them to the back end of the bird.
- Add eyes and beak
To finish, cut yellow or orange triangles from your paper and glue them inside the fold. Glue a googly eye in place.
Now, when you set your robin on a flat surface, and give it a little tap, it will “rock”.
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